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Question How We Bring Home What’s Been Lost? – TREMR Staff Pick – OpEdNews.com Headline

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Who taught us to focus more on rude, crude posturing, instead of distinguishing ourselves as everyday heroes sans headlines?

What will it take to shift from problem fascination to solution focusing?

When will we divorce bewildering bellowing, marry wisdom that permeates time out, and rebirth the family value of peaceful assembly?

Where, in a, land of the free, does being a patriot award the freedom to belittle with abject name calling or the liberty to assign angry adjectives to nouns of diversity?

Why do we increasingly flock like sheep to baa at behest of blah blah of over consumerism, over-zealous zealots and over-aged politicians, pimping redundancy of wolves in sheep’s clothing as, the new world order for, the natural order of things:  keeping women in their place, children seen but not heard, LGBTQ, Muslims and Mexicans banned from real citizenship – and, the South shall rise again, for real?

How can we turn a blind eye to the consequential discrepancy between an NRA Mea Culpa projecting the fault of its internal morality hemorrhage, as victim of North aggression?

Who can overlook the hourly pretension of media hyperbole accelerating Fourth Estate demise partnering with the pomposity of a pretender-in-Chief tweeting unsubstantiated, slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?

What about, Democratic Socialists so irritates conservatives’ anti-inclusive short-sighted militia itch, and exposes anti-American, lock and load threat to Trump’s damaging horde and damaged objectives alike – both struggling for very different Americas in a racist presidential swamp – deposited in an inequitable economic bog?

Where is Trump/Pence sting, when those who so love the world, love it enough to save all life upon it?  Hate, as a Right Wing required acquired taste, is only a digestible family value in hearts manipulated into harboring it.

Why it is that the two thirds of these United States for whom, the natural order of things, has evolved – from Civil War mutating into Jim Crow Laws which emboldened Ku Klux Klan and, ultimately, a reality show invasion of all levels of American government – still settles for rerun of maniacal McCarthyism scare tactics?

How can we not now vote, no matter how tattered our elections and political parties, to resurrect from Trump ashes a Good Samaritan patriotism that is honor bound to elect champions inspired by a duty-bound electorate demanding an all-inclusive American Dream?

While banning Muslims, spreading presidential manure on less fortunate countries, restricting marriage licenses, gunning down each other in schools, workplaces and places of worship – we fail our Definite Major Purpose:  to, as stewards, preserve, protect and defend earth and all life upon it.

How then, do we Emerge from Slave Bible, Green Book and Faith Movies through FDR, JFK, MLK – to AOC, a ratified ERA and incorruptible DOJ?

Stand tall and deliver on the promises we’ve preached:  colorblind justice, individual eradication of sexual harassment, gender bias, racial bigotry and the religious hypocrisy of insulting Biblical lessons like, love thy neighbor as thyself, with the asterisk:  as long as my neighbor looks and thinks as I do.

Who remembers what America can do when we look for miracles in each other?

What contributions can’t rainbows mingling with LGBTQ, people of color and descendants of immigrants make to the American Dream?

When will we stop demanding Change, but voting for those who can’t yet fathom, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in a Conservative Republican’s philosophy?

Where is home for a third of Americans who reject the abundant potential of an in-depth foundation of democratic miracles?

Why do we forget we didn’t have a cure for Tuberculosis, Smallpox, Polio, Mumps, Measles, Chickenpox and the Flu – until we did:  so, what’s next, Climate Injustice.

How can America find its way home through the aftermath of Trump confirming, What is Past is Prologue:  allowing our Gettysburg Address to define each of us to all of us.

To the degree, as country and individual, we discover, and digest the direct line of America’s ascending homegrown tyranny in our nation’s trajectory through Nixon’s Watergate, Reagan’s Trickle Down, Bush/Cheney’s Great Recession, we will understand how we were bathed in the racism, sexism, religious hypocrisy and white supremacist prep for Trump/Pence.

When, if not Tuesday 3 November 2020, will we progress from our sea to shining sea troubles, and by opposing Barr/Stephen Moore/Mnuchin/McConnell/Pence/Trump vainglory mirage, end their reigning weight on our backs?

The freeing truth that hurts most is, ignorance is not bliss, denial is the Opioid of cowards and change is terrifying – but progressing forward anyway, is the courage of unsung heroes – for without the valiant, humanity and its planetary home are doomed.

So now, let us invite the wisdom that comes from investigation, making We the People, affirmation, to never again tolerate what we ourselves have wrought.

 

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A Valentine for Libs, Cons, Marks and Original Intent

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SCOTUS Scalia & GinsbergI was no fan of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but this Justice was no obstructionist Mitch McConnell, no hypocritical member of Congress and no opportunistic ego maniacal Republican candidate for president.

Justice Scalia and I shared an Italian-American heritage, Roman Catholic Faith and love for both the Opera and operatic argument.  Beyond this, our paths part, if not always in peace, because I believe the genius of our Founding Fathers is more than words on parchment – It is, potentially, the very life’s breath, mind and heartbeat of human kindness.

Death, our ever present silent partner, enters only to remind, our true Original Intent is, Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself, for what we do unto others with the time we’re given is testament to character, definition of humanity and covenant with the universe.

Remaining an eternal Millennial, I’ve repeatedly cast my electoral ballot for another New Deal or New Frontier, knight in shining armor, knowing:

  • Until there are perfect human beings, there will be no perfection in Wall Street board rooms, at any level of government, or in voting booths
  • Neo-cons coning easy Marks with fears our Finest Hours are behind us, are fooling some of the people all of the time
  • Humanity is abused when we confuse values with telling each other what to do and with whom to do it

Despite Trickle-down Reagan, the man from Hope tradeoffs and Yes We Can compromises, we never allowed our destiny to be trumped because, even in unanticipated death, Lincoln prevailed.  Nonetheless, it’s futureless to demand change and reform without the pragmatic will to put the foundations under them.  So, how long will we mark every four or eight years, with ninety-degree turns, swinging wildly like a twisted pendulum in the wind?

Whether a trumped Mark, Canadian Evangelical or aging Independent, 2016 is another national defining election.  As we teeter on the reef of truth or dare, potentially voting like pin-balls bouncing off our last hit, opting to ignore new water, food, climate reality, we could still recapture our United We Stand, and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

So why willingly attend the reading of the will of those who willed us, preemptive war on credit, banker imposed crash, The Great Recession and double digit unemployment?

It’s not just the Party we elect.  It’s what we continually elect to elect.

While Republican revisionists brainwashed us with water-boarding, Freedom Fries and the demonization of the Left L word, Democrats, as we had for the first Roman Catholic, pushed forward for the first black looking, first female and first Jewish American President of the United States.  However, young first-time voters were not media ridiculed for electing Kennedy or Obama.

It’s not just settling for the lesser of two evils.  It’s confusing the one evil with, one nation under God.  Blinded by deceptive drawls and fast talking celebrity waving our old glory to Open Carry halleluiahs, we multiply division with etch-a-sketch elections.

Bernie Sanders, like Bobby Kennedy is a magnificent Light House, but no matter how bright the beacon, without ship captains tested in international waters, can we sail through a perfect storm of Koch, Corporatism and Right Wing headwinds, to the sane harbor of reason?

Historically, we elect presidents for their speeches, looks, smiles and in reaction to their predecessors, but considering most American problems come from grumpy old white men addicted to conquering for plunder, maybe it’s time for a tougher, broad POV.

Primaries are like dating, but elections are marriage.  Now that our Ship of State has been ripped in half by an increasing imbalance between the haves and those who used to have, neglecting those who never had, maybe for once, we shouldn’t send a grumpy old man to do a woman’s job.

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